Ulli Theeyal Recipe with Step by Step Pictures. Onion curry made with shallots, roasted coconut and spices which goes well with rice.
Amma makes theeyal at least once in a week..But the taste of it varies each time she makes it. It depends on the ingredient or vegetable which she puts in. Sometimes amma makes it with yam or with drumstick or pumpkin. She had even made theeyal only with garlic, if she has no vegetable on hold.
To accompany this dish, she makes another gravy which we call as Urundai Kulambu. She makes small dumplings out of ground green gram dal with some spices and simmers that in a mild coconut gravy. I should tell you this, it tasted so awesome with this spicy theeyal. My mouth is still watering. I will surely post that recipe soon.
She also makes some drumstick leaves thoran too. She always feeds me this when I was little and it tasted so heavenly.
About this Recipe
Theeyal is a traditional South Indian dish from the Indian state of Kerala. It has a soupy texture and is made with spices such as roasted coconut, coriander seeds, dried red chilli, and fenugreek. All spices are ground into a paste and cooked with vegetables in tamarind water.
In Malayalam, ulli refers to small onions/shallots/sambar onion. Theeyal means burnt dish, referring to the main ingredient, roasted coconut, which is usually dark brown in colour and flavoured with tamarind. It complements rice and any side dish.
Ingredients for Ulli Theeyal recipe
Shallots are a little sweeter than regular onions and have a more subtle flavor. They are good used in raw applications where you want an oniony flavor without too much punch, such as in salads and vinaigrettes, , or in slow roasted or braised dishes, where their sweetness can enhance a dish without watering it down.
Coconut is a key ingredient in the dish, and it is added by roasting and grinding it with other spices like dried red chilli, Coriander seeds, and tamarind.
Dry Red Chilli :
Dry red chilli is a condiment that enhances the flavour and colour of food. It contains medicinal and homoeopathic properties. We provide red chillies that are uniform in shape and size. It is mostly used to season foods. The chillies have a strong flavour.
📖 Recipe Card
- For Roasting & Grinding:
- Shallots / Chinna Ulli / Sambar Onion-5
- Coconut-1 cup
- Curry leaves-2 spring
- Coriander seeds / Malli-3 tblspn
- Dry Red Chilli-5
- Oil-1 tsp
- For Gravy:
- Shallots-20 Sliced
- Tamarind-1 small lime size
- Garlic-10 cloves
- Oil-3 tblspn
- Salt to taste
- For Seasoning:
- Coconut Oil-1 tblspn
- Curry leaves-2 spring
- Add 1 tsp of oil in a kadai and add in coconut and start roasting it till it gets light golden..
- Now add in red chilli, coriander seeds, curry leaves, shallots and roast till everything turns into dark brown..
- Let this cool down a little..Now take this in a blender and add in tamarind and blend it to a fine paste by adding some water.
- Heat oil in a kadai and add in shallots and garlic..Fry this for 5 mins..
- Now add in the ground masala and mix well..Pour in some water and season with salt..
- Bring this to boil and simmer for 15-20 mins until oil separates from this..
- Heat some coconut oil and throw some curry leaves in this..Fry for few minutes..
- Pour this over the curry and mix well..
- Serve this over a bed of hot rice and any curry..
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Ulli Theeyal Recipe Step by Step
|Take your roasting ingredients|
|take coconut in a kadai and start roasting|
|roast till light golden|
|add all ingredients|
|till dark golden|
|let it cool a bit|
|take it in a blender|
|add in some tamarind|
|and some water|
|make it into a fine paste|
|Take all your other ingredients|
|prepare garlic and shallots|
|saute some garlic in oil|
|add in shallots|
|cook for few minutes|
|add in the ground masala|
|pour in some water|
|season with salt|
|and mix well|
|Bring this to boil|
|simmer until oil separates|
|fry some curry leaves in coconut oil|
|pour it in|
|and mix well|
|a close up shot|